The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Beginning 2008

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Prequel to the popular Disney film set long before Ariel gave up her mermaid existence to live happily ever after with Prince Eric. The film finds Ariel (voice of Jodi Benson) torn between her love of music and her family duty. With the help of her friends, Sebastian (Samuel E. Wright) and Flounder (voice of Parker Goris), and her six sisters, Ariel sets about to try and restore music, friendship and love to the Kingdom of Atlantica.

Starring:
Jodi Benson, Sally Field
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 7 minutes
Starring Jodi Benson, Sally Field, Samuel E. Wright, Jennifer Hale, Parker Goris, Grey DeLisle, Tara Strong, Kari Wahlgren, Jim Cummings, Jeff Bennett
Director Peggy Holmes
Genres Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Benson VINE VOICE on 22 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
It's true... Disney has delivered a few sequels to their most famous movies which in someways offend the original...

Would be silly to say Ariel's Beginning matches the brilliance of the original movie but it is definitely an improvement on The Little Mermaid 2: Return To The Sea. The animation looks great and it is fantastic that almost all the original voice cast are back including Jodi Benson as Ariel.

It's a very interesting story with a little glimpse at Ariel's mother. When she is involved in a tragic accident King Triton is broken and Atlanta changes into a boring, military-like kingdom when he bans music. We learn a lot of the backstory of The Little Mermaid... why it is Ariel loves music... why Sebastian becomes the musical director of Atlanta... and how Ariel meets Flounder.

If you liked the other two mermaid films you'll definitely find something to like about this one. The extras which include a glimpse into the making of the Little Mermaid on Broadway are very interesting!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon D. Farrow on 12 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
admitidly its not what I had imagined it would be, just some cheap knock off with some badly thought out plot and poor songs.
well its not! It's brilliantly animated, the plots great and moves fast, it's moving (the openening 10 mins when we learn the fate of Ariels mother is pretty grown up for "just a disney sequell").
Give it a go, you wont regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luce on 26 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Bought for my 3 and 4 year old girls. They loved it and so did I. A very good prequel to the original film which we all loved. There's a bit of mild peril as you find out what happened to Ariel's Mummy so you need to be close to do some hand holding for that but the nasty person is not as scary as Ursula so no bad dreams.....
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Format: DVD
Being a huge fan of Disney and The Little Mermaid, I guess you could say I was expecting to be disappointed, because tLM 1 is hard to top. Also, Disney sequels have all had considerably lower standards than the originals (with the exception of The Lion King 2, which is great).

What surprised me was that tLM 3 was a lot better than any of the other sequels I have seen from Disney lately! The plot is alright, but what I really liked, was theme. The film focuses a lot on the loss of a loved one, and how much it hurts even years after. I thought it was beautifully done.

There is a lot of "sequel" traits to the film, one of them being that the animation is very mediocre, it lacks detail and nuances. It might have something to do with the backgrounds too, I feel they are a lot more boring than what is strictly necessary, even if the landscape is supposed to be barren. Also, some of the characters are quite overdone, but the way King Triton is portrayed makes up for it.

The music is quite mediocre too, the songs are not particularly rememberable, though well sung and played. This is where I feel the film falls truly short, being that is focuses so much on the importance of music! I feel there could have been more focus on the quality of the actual melodies of the compositions.

This film is worth buying, it is an alright, nice film. It just didn't end up as brilliant as I feel it could have!
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By T. Shields on 28 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
I enjoyed the DVD and seeing Ariel and her sisters. You see more of Ariel and her sisters and you also see them living a normal life geting up out of their beds and going walking with their father. We see Ariel's mother and she is the spiting image of Ariel but gets crushed by a ship and King Triton turns into an underwater Scrooge banning music from the kingdom. What is sad though is King Triton making his daughters do chores and the worst one of all is cleaning Barnicles which poor Ariel has been made do because she tickles her sister with seeweed. She also meets her fish friend Flounder. I bought the American version because it has a longer run time of 77 mins and the UK one has 67 mins.

I give the DVD 5 stars!
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By S. Parker on 5 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
This film is awsome! It really does make the little mermaid trilogy complete. Finding out about ariels mother n about family life that you dont get to know about in the first movie. This film is a lot better than the second film they created with melody (ariels daughter) the animation was rushed and story didnt seem to be as thought out as the other two. So it was nice to watch the final film as it should be. If your fans of the little mermaid then you defo need to buy this film! I grew up with ariel since I was 3 and now being 21 I still luv to watch them over and over again! :)
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By Ms. Danielle Ayre on 30 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
After hearing that Disney was going to release a third Little Mermaid I was partially excited but also was rather sceptical about whether it was going to be as poor as the second one.
The trailer for the movie was rather disappointing and did not do justice to the actual movie. Now after purchasing the film I would strongly recommend the film. With original new songs and an amazing storyling Ariel's Beginning is a welcome addition. And as Sebastian says there really is more to this story than meets the eye.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Miss Sian T. Collins on 19 Sep 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
King Triton and his wife, Queen Athena, rule over the underwater kingdom of Atlantica, which is filled with music and laughter. They have seven young daughters, the youngest of whom is Ariel. The merfolk are shown relaxing in a lagoon above water, and Triton gives Athena a music box. Suddenly a pirate ship approaches. Everyone escapes except Athena, who is crushed by the ship when she tries to save the music box. Devastated by Athena's death, Triton throws the music box into the ocean and bans music from the kingdom.

Ten years later, Triton's daughters live under a strict routine maintained by their governess, Marina Del Rey and her assistant Benjamin. Marina hates her job and longs to be Triton's attaché, a job currently filled by Sebastian the crab. Ariel is frustrated by their current lifestyle, which brings her into conflict with Triton. One day, Ariel encounters Flounder, a fish, whom she later follows to an underground music club. She is overjoyed by the presence of music, and is shocked when she sees Sebastian performing there. When her presence is revealed, the entire band stops playing and hides, believing Ariel will tell her father about them. Ariel sings a song explaining her love of music and the remembrance of her mother and she joins the club with an oath.

Ariel returns to the palace, and her sisters confront her over her disappearance. She explains where she was, and the following night all seven sisters go to the club to have fun. Marina secretly finds them, and she later reports their activities to Triton. Sebastian, Flounder and the band are sent to jail, while Marina gets the job she wants.

Ariel sneaks into the prison and frees the jailbirds. Sebastian leads them to a deserted place far from the palace where Ariel finds the music box.
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